Pet Hospice is a fairly new concept in veterinary medicine that is modeled after human hospice practices. It has comfort at it's core. It's about finding ways to help aging and terminally ill pets live fully, despite their illness. At it's best, it utilizes the most current practices in pain management and palliative care for it's patients and provides support, education and guidance for it's families.
Our approach to your pet's hospice care starts with a review of their medical records, followed by a 2 hour initial in-home consultation. The initial visit will allow us to observe your pet at home, look for challenges in the environment, perform a physical exam, and sit down with your family to discuss your goals, questions and concerns. A customized care plan will be developed that takes into account your pet, your needs and your situation. We will also communicate with your primary care veterinarian each step of the way. Follow up visits will occur at varied intervals based on the disease process and the needs of the patient and family.
Families choose pet hospice for many reasons. It can be a final way of saying "thank you" for years of love, devotion, companionship and protection. Sometimes it's about the emotional support and guidance that hospice provides. Maybe it's about a promise to spare them the fear of another trip to the veterinary clinic. Sometimes it's about not having to go through the journey alone. Whatever the reason, hospice care has it's biggest impact when started early, before a crisis occurs.
When a cure is not possible, our pets still deserve the highest quality care to keep them as comfortable and pain-free as possible and to experience death with dignity and compassion.